Political Science 2231E Chapter Notes -Rational Choice Theory, Missile Technology Control Regime, North American Aerospace Defense Command

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Reacted to idealism which they saw as unrealistic as it based ir on things like international law and morality and stuff. Idealism failed in the inter-war years, world war ii is proof. In ir, hobbes argued that there was no international sovereign. Hans morgenthau: international politics is governed by objective, universal laws based on national interest defined as power. Idealists take into account the type of states, realists see them as all being rather similar. 2. ) they act rationally to pursue power which is in the national interest. They act in the context of an international system lacking authority (anarchy) International distribution of power as opposed to individual states. Defensive realism: states willing to settle for the status quo if it means avoiding conflict. Soft power: influencing others to adopt a way of life. Power is more than just military might or gdp: see iraq.

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